The Killing Yard


1h 51m 2002

Brief Synopsis

A courtroom drama about the aftermath of the 1971 riots at New York's Attica State Penitentiary, focusing on the story of Shango, an African-American inmate indicted for the murder of two white fellow prisoners during the revolt. Even though he'd been extremely ill, Ernie Goodman, one of America's m

Film Details

Also Known As
Atikka, Killing Yard
Release Date
2002
Production Company
Modern VideoFilm; Showtime Networks
Distribution Company
CBS Television Studios

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 51m

Synopsis

A courtroom drama about the aftermath of the 1971 riots at New York's Attica State Penitentiary, focusing on the story of Shango, an African-American inmate indicted for the murder of two white fellow prisoners during the revolt. Even though he'd been extremely ill, Ernie Goodman, one of America's most successful defense attorneys, accepted the challenging case tried in Buffalo in 1975. Goodman very reluctantly acquiesced to Shango's demand to be his own co-counsel. The defense attempted to discredit the prosecution's witnesses and strip away the layers of cover-up and deceit that the state had erected surrounding the deaths of the white inmates. Ernie enlisted the aid of Linda Borus, who served as chief defense investigator and galvanized a group of volunteers to perform the legwork and assist in the jury selection process. Arrayed against them were New York State's massive legal forces headed by Frank Cryan and Daniel Moynihan.Ultimately, Shango was acquitted. All involved in the case knew that the trial's outcome would profoundly affect their lives and careers as well as many issues beyond the courtroom. Among them: the fate of New York State's other Attica inmate cases resulting from the 1971 riot; prison living conditions and prison reform efforts throughout the United States; and the perception that America's judicial system affords its citizens "equal justice before the law."

Crew

Karl Archambault

Unit Manager

Josee Arsehault

Set Decorator

Francis Bach

Storyboard Artist

Leslie Beauchamp

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Annabelle Berkani

Assistant Director

Jacqueline Bisbano

Editing

Alain Bisson Doyal

Grip

Jesabelle Boileau

Production Assistant

Sylvie Boily

Production Coordinator

Linda Borus

Consultant

Virginie Boudreault

Makeup Artist

Michael Boulonne

Electrician

Andree Bouvier

Art Department Coordinator

Roy Braverman

Adr Supervisor

Pierre Brunet

Location Manager

Frances Calder

Researcher

Christian Caperaa

Other

Andre Caron

Electrician

Caterina Chamberland

Assistant Costume Designer

Christiane Charpentier

Craft Service

John Cherniak

Transportation Captain

P Byron Clark

Music

Linda Corbin

Foley Mixer

Isabelle Cote

Other

Louis Craig

Special Effects

Francois Daignault

Steadicam Operator

Rick Dalby

Colorist

Denis Danault

Other

Marc Desourdy

Stunt Coordinator

Sylvaine Dufaux

Camera Operator

Charles Dugas

Assistant Property Master

Jacques Dupuis

Grip

Paris Evangelou

Art Assistant

Catherine Faucher

Production Manager

Guy Ferland

Lighting Technician

Rejéan Forget

Hairdresser

Claude Fortier

Lighting Technician

Marc Furtadd

Boom Operator

Benita Garvin

Producer

Benita Garvin

Screenwriter

Catou Gelinas

Dresser

Kristian Girard

Unit Manager Assistant

Paul E Girardin

Production Assistant

Freda Goodman

Consultant

William Goodman

Consultant

Normand Goyer

Production Assistant

Michael Graham

Sound Editor

Marie-maude Grenier

Art Department

Ramzy Haddad

Assistant

Robert L Harman

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Barbara Harris

Adr Voice Casting

Robert B Harris

Executive Producer

Andre Hatelle

Property Master

Christian Havennec

Camera Assistant

Claude Hazanavicius

Sound Department

Fritzi Horstman

Associate Producer

David Jobe

Foley Mixer

Allison Johnston

Assistant Director

Philippe Juneau

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Jim Korris

Executive Producer

William Kraft

Consultant

Christian Labrie

Props

Roger Lacroix

Wardrobe

James Lafferty

Consultant

Michael Laine

Consultant

Paul Lamastra

Editor

Francois Lamontagne

Production Designer

Anne-marie Langevin

Wardrobe

Ftlix Larivifre-charron

Hairdresser

Felix Lariviere

Hairdresser

Estelle Lasher

Co-Executive Producer

Sylvie Laurin

Production Accountant

Sebastien Lebreau

Swing Gang

Dominique Leroutier

Assistant Location Manager

Alfonso Maigraha

Camera Operator

Nicoletta Massone

Costume Designer

Pierre R Matte

Transportation Coordinator

Joseph Mattina

Consultant

Patrice Merrit

Consultant

Vera Miller

Casting (Canada)

Chris Moriana

Foley Artist

Michele Morris

Publicity

Helen Mossler

Casting Executive

Michelle Mundy

Co-Executive Producer

Julie Olsen

Other

Lori Openden

Casting (Usa)

Amanda Ottaviano

Assistant

Éric Peissard

Production Assistant

Louis-martin Pepperall

Location Scout

Michel Perrault

Other

Marjolaine Perron

Accounting Assistant

Louise Pilon

Set Decorator

Pierre Plante

Assistant Director

Colleen Quinton

Makeup Artist

Dany Racine

Assistant Camera Operator

Claude Reimnitz

Generator Operator

Charlaine Ricaro

Video Assist/Playback

Geoff Robison

Consultant

Daniele Rohrbach

Producer

Nadia Rona

Casting (Canada)

Katherine Rose

Foley Artist

Martin Roy

Swing Gang

Patrice Rushen

Music

Shirley Savard

Assistant Director

John W. Simmons

Director Of Photography

Danette Smith

Accounting Assistant

Karine St Germain

Other

Danny Turgeon

Production Assistant

Marcus Von Hultzendorpp

Camera Assistant

Burt Weinstein

Supervising Sound Editor

Carol Wells

Consultant

Jonathan Wenk

Photography

Neal Winter

Production Assistant

Joan Ziff

Publicity

Film Details

Also Known As
Atikka, Killing Yard
Release Date
2002
Production Company
Modern VideoFilm; Showtime Networks
Distribution Company
CBS Television Studios

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 51m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States September 23, 2001

Aired in United States July 2, 2002

Began shooting mid September 2000.